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 Ludwig J Pieper

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Ludwig J Pieper

  • Birth 17 May 1925
  • Death 19 Jun 1944
  • Burial Creston, Platte County, Nebraska, USA
  • Memorial ID 44795740

Rm2 US Navy World War II - Purple Heart

Radioman's Mate Second Class Julius H. O. Pieper and Radioman's Mate Second Class Ludwig J. W. Pieper were born at Esmond, South Dakota on May 17, 1925, and were killed in action June 19, 1944, while fighting with the United States Navy in the Atlantic area during the invasion of Normandy, France. They were the twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Pieper of Creston, Nebraska, and grandsons of Mr. and Mrs. August Pieper, deceased. The Pieper twins had three sisters and one brother. Their sisters, all of Creston, Nebraska, are Ivona and Leona Pieper, twins, and Mary Ann Pieper. Their brother, Fred Pieper, served one year overseas in the Southwest Pacific, and attended the Navy V-12 school at Cleveland, Ohio. Julius and Ludwig Pieper attended School District 8 in Creston Township, and were graduated from the Creston High School in the class of 1942. The Pieper twins held the distinction of being the first twins to graduate from that school. During the winter of 1942-1943, Julius and Ludwig Pieper were employed by the Burlington Railroad in Lincoln, Nebraska, until they joined the navy on February 17, 1943. They took their basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training School near Chicago, after which they attended the radio school at the University of Chicago. Radioman's Mate Second Class Julius H. O. Pieper, and his twin brother, Radioman's Mate Second Class Ludwig J. W. Pieper, went overseas in March of 1944, and took part in the invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. They were killed in action on June 19, 1944, as the result of enemy action in the Atlantic area during the invasion of Normandy, France. The twins were cited for bravery and each received the Victory Medal and the Purple Heart, which were awarded posthumously. Radioman's Mate Second Class Julius H. O. Pieper was not found. Radioman's Mate Second Class Ludwig J. W. Pieper was buried in the Normandy Field at Cherbourg, France. A memorial service for Radioman's Mate Second Class Julius H. O. Pieper and Radioman's Mate Second Class Ludwig J. W. Pieper was held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Creston, Nebraska, on July 30, 1944, with Reverend R. L. Jobman, pastor, officiating at the service. The American Legion was in charge of the military rite. When Pieper Post No. 306 of the American Legion at Creston was organized, it was named in honor of the Pieper twins, Radioman's Mate Second Class Julius H. O. Pieper and Radioman's Mate Second Class Ludwig J. W. Pieper.


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  • Created by: Shirley (Bruhn) Martys
  • Added: 25 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44795740
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ludwig J Pieper (17 May 1925–19 Jun 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44795740, citing Fairview Cemetery, Creston, Platte County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Shirley (Bruhn) Martys (contributor 47012912) .